How to motivate yourself to change your behavior | Tali Sharot | TEDxCambridge

  • Published on Oct 28, 2014
  • What does make us change our actions? Tali Sharot reveals three ingredients to doing what's good for yourself.
    Dr. Tali Sharot is a neuroscientist at University College London and the director of the Affective Brain Lab. She is a faculty member of the department of Experimental Psychology, a Wellcome Trust Fellow, and currently a visiting Professor at Harvard Medical School. Her research focuses on how emotion, motivation, and social factors influence our expectations, decisions, and memories.
    This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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  • Eyo T
    Eyo T 3 hours ago

    Did she say t bones are bad for you?

  • Shock Editing
    Shock Editing 10 hours ago


  • empathic purple soul
    empathic purple soul 11 hours ago

    She gripped me for a couple of minutes then it became mostly obvious statements ... Well... Assuming the person listening has common sense

  • bulldog2890 gmail com
    bulldog2890 gmail com 17 hours ago

    I thought the thumbnail was Julie Bowen.

  • Jenn Ifer.
    Jenn Ifer. 18 hours ago +2

    I think this is good for a start.. but after hearing a lot of enlightened people, the truth is we should give up this mind games and treat it like she deserves.. a powerful servant, and not play games or rewards just to keep ourselves happy and fake

  • Nicki nurse
    Nicki nurse 19 hours ago

    This is all so ridiculous, as if intended for how to deal with preschoolers. Adults already have all kinds of wrong mental views on the areas where their behaviors are unhealthy. The only way to stop the behaviors is to change the thinking about them. Education is the number one thing needed. We must break the bad loop. Here is what is wrong with old habit, here is what is going to be great when you lose that habit...therefore for those reasons..I CHOSE to make a change. Then the good behaviors be come habit. We must breakdown WHY we think something adding to our stress will relieve stress. That's a program error that has to be revealed analysed & tested.

  • Koroglu Rustem
    Koroglu Rustem Day ago +1

    Wish I could remember which talk has mentioned the exact opposite of her message, saying that we tend to avoid negative rather than attracted by positive one

    • Eyo T
      Eyo T 3 hours ago

      Koroglu Rustem right I was thinking the same I believe she meant we only take in what we want to hear, because we all know the world loves to watch a train wreck

  • Wayne Moore
    Wayne Moore 3 days ago

    So, if you were being spied on to check that you were washing your hands (SOMETHING THAT YOU WERE ALREADY REQUIRED TO DO AS PART OF YOUR JOB) then you would be more likely to wash your hands.
    Well..... DUH.
    Why do you think foremen and managers exist? - that's right, to check that the labourers are doing their job.
    If it's found that they are NOT doing their job, they would be threatened with the sack.
    Therefore, what she calls "progress monitoring" is purely a marketing man's dressing up of the phrase "workplace snitch".

  • Zroxy Rich
    Zroxy Rich 3 days ago

    Rubbish talk

  • Md Nabil
    Md Nabil 3 days ago

    This video really makes me motivate..

  • balamohan kittappa
    balamohan kittappa 3 days ago

    Really thinkable

  • Olor de primavera
    Olor de primavera 4 days ago

  • Ella Trifunac
    Ella Trifunac 4 days ago +2

    I wish this is what its like with me. Nothing makes me study not even rewards to be honest...

  • Ella Trifunac
    Ella Trifunac 4 days ago

    What accent is this? Im trying to figure out. Irish, Australian, American, South African. Every word was pronaunced in one of this... how?

  • Ladner J
    Ladner J 5 days ago +1

    What happened to just using good old fashioned common sense?

  • J Smooth
    J Smooth 6 days ago


  • Dale Greer
    Dale Greer 6 days ago +3

    Wow, a TED talk that actually delivers! I've been watching a bunch of these lately, and most seem so light and fluffy, but this one has good info from start to finish.

  • Gina Kaulbach
    Gina Kaulbach 7 days ago +1

    Dopamine used in short intervals is a natural motivator because it's secreted in your brain, one of the brain chemicals that helps you survive: EDSO, Endorphins, Dopamine, Serotonin, and Oxytocin. When allowing too much Dopamine effects by being online too much, it's the same as getting high on Dopamine aka doped out. I know. That's me! So, I consciously use social media for social incentives, immediate rewards, and progress monitoring. Many blessings. Rock on! Love, Peace. 🤘🤟✌🙏💝🦋🕊

  • Payel Payel
    Payel Payel 8 days ago

    I wish very will

  • Silvana Dos Santos
    Silvana Dos Santos 8 days ago

    I love it! :-)

  • David K
    David K 10 days ago

    This woman is in desperate need of a laxative.

  • Hussein Rushdy
    Hussein Rushdy 10 days ago

    thank you

  • Ringo Nordstrom
    Ringo Nordstrom 10 days ago

    The illusion you're getting something here other than words. Whether you implement anything you can discern here through all the verbiage, you're still motivated by "warnings." Verbiage is not science.

  • Mauro Friend
    Mauro Friend 11 days ago

    Your videos motivate me!

  • Lenka Křivánková
    Lenka Křivánková 11 days ago

    Great talk, thank you!

  • Dmt Drsn
    Dmt Drsn 12 days ago

    I needed this right now

  • Ms Việt Anh
    Ms Việt Anh 12 days ago

    I like her voice. It is easy to hear English. Who can translation Vietnamese?

  • Anni-Florence BERGER
    Anni-Florence BERGER 13 days ago +1

    Do you really change for yourself or to make like everyone 👍😏🤔😊💋♥️

  • Anni-Florence BERGER
    Anni-Florence BERGER 13 days ago +1

    OK sometime only

  • Anni-Florence BERGER
    Anni-Florence BERGER 13 days ago +1

    I dont want to look like to have a shape like a 12 year old. But i want to exept my shape.

  • Anni-Florence BERGER
    Anni-Florence BERGER 13 days ago +1

    Demandez a tous ceux et celles qui vous écoutes et vous regarde. Quesqu'il fait que vous pouvez changer et vous verrez les millions de réponses ou peut être pas. Pas un livre mais l'expérience des personnes. How to change. Do you want to change to look like someone or you want to change for you and yourself. I find its a other challange if you want to look like or you want to be yourself. I change because im in business World. I change because i want to FeeL Great.

  • G M
    G M 13 days ago

    I also realise that most of the times I give up on a task because I am not able to figure out how to do the task , equally , I am sure that doing the task will not help me in the long run, I am trying to figure out how to fix this

  • G M
    G M 13 days ago

    I am also trying to find how to do a task, for that I need to understand what part of a task I can complete and what part of task someone else is supposed to complete

  • Latarino Ferguson
    Latarino Ferguson 15 days ago +13

    I need to get my life together

  • Optimus Phoenix Prime
    Optimus Phoenix Prime 15 days ago

    Hypergamy should do that

  • Ritika Gulati
    Ritika Gulati 16 days ago

    Insightful 🤩

  • Liên Phan
    Liên Phan 18 days ago

    That's amazing! Thank you very much. You have just taught me what I've been searching for for years. I'm gonna start creating the strategy right now to motivate my staff. Once again, thank you very much. Respects!

  • Cheryl Mitchell
    Cheryl Mitchell 18 days ago

    Goes back to the law of attraction

  • Mojos Bigstick
    Mojos Bigstick 20 days ago

    How shallow do you have to be to change behaviour over a 'smiley face?

  • vash
    vash 22 days ago

    This video incentives people changing behavior by acting like sheep by seeking social consensus and instant gratification instead of delayed gratification/rewards.. It's an exercise for high-time preference weak minds and perpetuate their weakness with tricks instead of taking ownership of their minds.

  • Christi
    Christi 23 days ago

    I have been researching Coastal Cloud recently. Their client reviews are impressive! Had the privilege of meeting one of their staff consultants, Tina Woodall. She's impressive too!

  • NattieMaddie Luv
    NattieMaddie Luv 27 days ago

    It's taking so long to get to the point

  • Aldís Eir Hansen
    Aldís Eir Hansen 28 days ago +13

    This video is more like a guide to controlling others' behaviour than your own.

  • Phoenix Olivia
    Phoenix Olivia 28 days ago

    This is basically gamifiying.

  • Helen Myers
    Helen Myers 29 days ago

    Many thanks for this. I was hooked immediately by the example of wanting to stop snacking! Thanks also to those who have commented and applied the principles to so many areas of life.

  • Susan S-Work
    Susan S-Work 29 days ago

    TED community, let's make it real.
    So, how could these 3 methods be put into practice?
    Stop inappropriate snacking?
    Reduce eating fast food?
    Getting regular exercise?
    Stop procrastinating?
    Being more punctual?
    Getting more sleep nightly?
    Curbing impulse buying?

  • Torpor
    Torpor Month ago +1

    I'm going to keep this bookmarked for the next time someone tries to tell me shame is a motivator.

  • Charles White64
    Charles White64 Month ago

    If We Would Teach Maintaining Actual Personal Healthy Mental Health as First Value So Therefore Anything External That Isn't In Your Best Intrest? Doesn't Get an Allowance To Reverse Your Valued Healthy State of Well Being! 🌈

  • Jeongmin Park
    Jeongmin Park Month ago +1

    Im foreign student from South Korea to United states for 3months i know it’s not that long. Y’all guys can’t feel my feeling but if u live with my perspective u can realize that foreign students’ life is really hard and painful. I’ve been watching TED so that i improve my listening skills but 15 minutes later i can find myself that i was watching other youtube channe like game video and prank video.. i recognize my seriousness and i commit myself to study hard. It’s not that easy even if i pledge it i always use my phone 5hours each day😭. After watching this video i decide that i will study for my future improvement. Im expecting about that
    Thank you for reading this comment i know it has a lot of grammatical error
    PLEASE understand me 😹

    • Unknownx
      Unknownx 28 days ago


    • Unknownx
      Unknownx 28 days ago

      Jeongmin Park don’t worry You really do get accustomed the area, it’s culture and people, over time. You can do it Jeongmin💪🏻💪🏻 we believe in you 💞💪🏻

  • Michael Taiwan
    Michael Taiwan Month ago +2

    She's clever and BEAUTIFUL! It is a pleasure to listen and look at her...

  • Mark Newman
    Mark Newman Month ago

    That was great. Thank you very much

  • MrXandies
    MrXandies Month ago

    I like her :)

  • Jackie H
    Jackie H Month ago

    So true thx 🤔😀

  • Kenyeta Clayton
    Kenyeta Clayton Month ago

    Your behavior is driven from what's around you!

  • Dancing Bear
    Dancing Bear Month ago

    Show me your boobs

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    Seppe Zimmerer Month ago

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  • T Jam
    T Jam Month ago

    Took a few rewinds to try to figure out her “gray, green, blue” bar graphs on electricity usage. To me, they look “pink, green, blue”

  • Autumn Reese
    Autumn Reese Month ago

    That's weird. I usually don't watch these kind of things all the way to the end. What's weirder is I might actually take some action based on this information.

  • Grow YourOwn
    Grow YourOwn Month ago

    Uber does this very well. just check there app out.

  • Kishalay Sinha
    Kishalay Sinha Month ago

    Inaction induced by fear = paralysis